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A limit to injunctions under the inherent jurisdiction

London Borough of Redbridge v SNA [2015] EWHC 2140 (Fam)

In his judgment of 21 July 2015, Mr Justice Hayden limits the application of injunctions sought for unspecific children or vulnerable adults under the High Court’s Inherent Jurisdiction. 

The local authority…

Court of Appeal responds to criticism from Europe over ‘forced adoptions’

Re CB (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 888

This case concerned a little girl, CB, who was born in April 2008. CB and her mother, LB, are both Latvian citizens although CB was born in England and has been habitually…

Part 25 applications: A cautionary tale for practitioners

This was a private law case in front of magistrates where the mother was represented by counsel and the father, a Serbian whose first language was not English, was in person.  The mother had concerns that the father had a personality disorder….

Post separation accruals: JB v MB [2015] EWHC 1846 (Fam)

This is a decision of Nicholas Cusworth QC sitting as a High Court Judge which contains a useful summary of the authorities relating to post-separation asset accruals.

The parties began their cohabitation in 1990, the year before H, a systems analyst by…

AR -v- RN [2015] UKSC 35

Temporary moves are commonplace in international families: A parent may accompany children to another country during term time whilst they attend school, or for long term medical treatment, or as in the case of AR -v- RN

Re K and H (Children): There is no power to cause HMCTS to meet the costs of representation for a litigant in person

Where a litigant in family proceedings is unrepresented because he is ineligible for legal aid, can the court direct that the cost of representation be met by H.M. Courts and Tribunals Service? No.

The question has been considered in a small number…

Enhanced court fees: mitigating the impact

Despite widespread criticism from the legal community, on 9th March 2015 the government implemented a crippling rise in court fees in England & Wales.  Aware of the potentially devastating effect on claimants, lawyers throughout the country worked feverishly to protect their clients’…

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